Versailles swimmer Zach Ahrens qualified to swim at the state swim meet in two events. The 100 breaststroke and the 200 individual medley. (Dale Barger Photo)

Darke County Boys Swimmers Compete in OHSAA DII District Swim Meet

The Versailles Tigers headlined several swimmers from Darke County that competed in the OHSAA Southwest District Swim Meet.  The Tigers had their best finish in several years in 7th place overall.

Leading the way for Versailles senior Evan Vanskyock who took 3rd place at district in both the boys 50 and 100 freestyle and qualified for state in both events.

Versailles Jr. Zach Ahrens swam the 100 breaststroke and 200 individual medley and qualified for state in both events.  

Versailles freshman Michael Menke also competed in the 100 butterfly and 200 individual medleys but didn’t qualify for state.

Judah Ben Winchester from Mississinawa Valley and Caden Lecklider of Greenville both competed in the 200 and 500 freestyle.  Winchester finished 7th in the 500 and qualified for state with the 24th best time in state.

Arcanum had two swimmers compete they were Charles Barry in the 100 backstroke and Ashton Paul in the 100 Butterfly.

Boys District Swim Results:

Boys 50 Freestyle

3rd District – #8 State Qualifier – Evan Vanskyock Sr. Versailles 21.57

Boys 100 Freestyle

3rd District – #9 State Qualifier– Evan Vanskyock Sr. Versailles 47.41

200 Freestyle 

#9 District Finish  Judah Ben Winchester Jr. Mississinawa Valley 1:49.84

#16 District Finish Caden Lecklider Jr. Greenville 1:58.52

500 Freestyle

#7 District Finish – #24 State Qualifier – Judah Ben Winchester Jr. Mississinawa Valley 4:57.67

#19 District Caden Finish – Lecklider Jr. Greenville 5:29.54

100 Backstroke

#21 District Finish Quinten Reimer So. Newton 1:04.90

#23 District Finish Charles Barry Jr. Arcanum 1:05.82

100 Breaststroke

#6 District Finish – #11 State Qualifier State  Zach Ahrens Jr. Versailles 59.60

100 Butterfly

#15 District Finish Michael Menke Fr. Versailles 58.02

#29 District Finish Ashton Paul Jr. Arcanum 1:05.43

200 Individual Medley

#5 District Finish – #18 State Qualifier Zach Ahrens Jr. Versailles 2:02.70

#13 District Finish Michael Menke Fr. Versailles 2:11.56

200 Freestyle Relay

#7 District Finish Versailles 1:33.00

400 Freestyle Relay

#6 District Finish Versailles 3:28.91

The State Swim meet will be held Thursday & Friday at the C.T. Branin Natatorium in Canton, Ohio.

Versailles Evan Vanskyock qualified to swim at the state meet in two events the 50 & 100 freestyle. (Dale Barger Photo)
Mississinawa Valley Judah Ben Winchester qualified for the 2nd straight year to swim at the state swim meet in the 500 freestyle. (Dale Barger Photo)
Greenville Cade Lecklider competed in the 200 and 500 freestyle at the District Swim Meet. (Dale Barger Photo)
Versailles freshman Michael Menke was very competitive a couple of events at the District Swim meet. (Dale Barger Photo)
Arcanum Charles Barry swims the backstroke at the District Swim Meet. (Dale Barger Photo)

Dale Barger / Sports Editor

Dale Barger is a lifelong sports enthusiast and has covered high school athletics for nearly 20 years in Southwest Ohio and now becomes sports editor for Darke County now. For 18 years Dale has been a sportswriter for The Daily Advocate and has been published in online sorts magazines and conference websites. Dale is also an accomplished photographer who has captured thousands of athletes in action over the years. Dale is a member of The Ohio Prep Sportswriters Association and was a 2019 recipient of the Ohio High School Athletic Association Southwest District Media Service Award. Dale lives on a 72-acre farm outside of New Madison, Ohio and is married to Rita Ann (Fourman) Barger and together they have two sons and three grandkids. If you don’t see Dale at a sporting event you might catch him following his other passion – photographing nature and wildlife. Contact Darke County Now Editor Media Sports Editor Dale Barger at dbarger@darkecountynow.com.

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